Cameron Norrie squandered 16 break points as his bid to reach week two of a Grand Slam for the first time bit the dust on clay at Roland Garros.
the British The singles contingent will all be home before the postcards after Norrie, the only man or woman to reach the French Open third round, was beaten 6-2 7-5 5-7 6-4 by the Russia Karen Khachanov.
The 10th seed will return to the host of the first chances he had, to draw blood against an opponent he was well matched against – in the first set alone he forced eight break points but didn’t couldn’t convert one.
By the time they trailed 4-2 in the second half, Norrie had wasted 11 breaking chances while Khachanov had converted all three of his.
In the 12th moment of the request, Norrie broke through, a well-worked point finished with a volley to the net to bring the set back on serve.
Then a set point for Norrie on Khachanov’s serve came and went and instead it was the power of the 21st seed that forced Norrie’s mistakes to send him into a two lead. sets.
It was the same story at the beginning of the third; Norrie created two break points, missed both and was immediately broken again.
Still, Khachanov allowed the 10th seed back twice in the set and Norrie finished the job with a break to bring him back in fourth.
But the effort appears to have taken its toll on Norrie and Khachanov started the set – now playing under the Paris floodlights – like a subway train as he roared 5-1 up front.
Norrie fought to the end, saving three match points before breaking for 3-5, but succumbed to a powerful service game with an ace in the middle finally sending him packing.
A disappointed Norrie said: “I think Karen was better than me and played the bigger points better. I had a lot of break points and he made it difficult for me. I thought he was playing very well.
“I wanted to do the second week for the first time and today I didn’t play my best.
“Karen played better, he deserved the win and I’m very disappointed but I tried my best and had a good attitude, I gave myself a chance.
“I have to keep doing what I do and learn from these games.”
Cameron Norrie squanders 16 break points in French Open loss to Karen Khachanov
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